Mixing Art and Sales to Concoct the Magic Elixir

Have you ever wanted to learn the ways of the infamous snake-oil salesmen of the medicine shows of yore? That’s what it feels like to knock on doors (via email) and stand in the town square (FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram) to perform my enthusiastic pitch to get people’s attention in order to sell them something they didn’t even know they wanted. Ah, the underbelly of being an artist. Sales!

Continue reading “Mixing Art and Sales to Concoct the Magic Elixir”

Young Adult Books with Young Male Protagonists

shadow of boy on bicycle against a sunset
Photo by Tim Graf on Unsplash

When I was still a classroom teacher, many teenage boys in my advisory were reluctant readers. Advisory was free time for pleasure reading, a gift that our principal gave the students. His goal was that if we provided children with guidance in how to enjoy books and the time within the school day for quiet uninterrupted time for their enjoyment they would develop the life-long love of reading.

Continue reading “Young Adult Books with Young Male Protagonists”

Writing to Publish

BOOKS-ON-SHELF-200
Photo by Host Sorter on Unsplash

Since retiring in 2012 I have been involved in a bi-monthly writing group at The Next Door Cafe in Chicago. Every two weeks, eight of us critique one another’s writing. Peer review is a gift we give one another; but writing to publish is whole new world. Though an online course at The Write Practice┬ácalled Write to Publish, I’m being guided Continue reading “Writing to Publish”